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October 2013 Conference Speaker Linda Blachman: Anything Can Happen: Transition as Transformative Journey towards Renewal of Self, Life and Story

Linda Blachman 

Linda Blachman, author of Another Morning: Voices of Truth and Hope from Mothers with Cancer, Life transitions Coach, Imagery Guide and Life Change Artist Coach talks with Lea Bayles, Program Director of Imagery International. Linda discusses how her ten years as founder and director of the Mothers Living Stories Project  and her own experience with illness shaped her perspective on the power of imagery in times of transition.  In Linda's coaching business, Choose Life! she helps clients transform the turmoil of life transitions into a creative journey towards growth, healing and renewal.

Click HERE to visit Linda's website.


October 2013 Conference Speaker Kate Sculti: Image as Healer

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Kate Sculti,RNP, MPH,FAMSF Docent, talks with Lea Bayles, Program Director for Imagery International, about her passion for the healing power of imagery and about her experiences combining imagery with art in the innovative Art and Healing  Program  she has designed for veterans. This program, currently in the pilot stage at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, brings the healing power of the image, via artistic engagement, to ill, injured and grieving individuals. Kate, a health professional for over 20 years and an Imagery International board member, will be a featured presenter at the 5th Annual Imagery International Conference in Burlingame California, October 4-6, 2013, offering the workshop: Image as Messenger of Meaning - Image as Healer.

You can contact Kate by email HERE.


October 2013 Conference Speaker Nina Redman: Imagery and Sacred Sound

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Nina Redman explores the connections between sound, spirit, imagery, healing, and "risking something big for the sake of something good" in this conversation with Lea Bayles, Imagery International Program Director.

Nina Redman is a semi-retired psychotherapist in Seattle Washington with a deep passion for the mind-body and spirit connection. She uses imagery extensively in her practice and often combines imagery with EMDR  (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Toning, a sounding technique, Nina is particularly skilled in helping people through life-threatening health crises by teaching mental interventions which benefit both physical and emotional health. Nina has been on the faculty of the Academy of Guided Imagery and has utilized her imagery work with the patients of numerous doctors, including Andrew Weil, MD. Nina will present the workshop, Invitation to Awe, at the Imagery International conference in Burlingame California Oct 4-6, 2013.

If you wish to contact Nina you can email her HERE.


October 2013 Conference Speakers Daru Maer and Judith Westerfield: Using Therapeutic Creative Expression for Health, Wellness and FUN

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Daru Maer and Judith Westerfield, therapists and faculty members of Academy of Guided Imagery, talk with Lea Bayles, Imagery International Program Director, about their integration of imagery with forms of creative expression and the many ways their understanding and use of imagery has evolved over the years.

Daru Maer is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Interactive Imagery(℠)Therapist in private practice in Oregon for 25 years. She incorporates music and art into her practice as a powerful means of helping people find what is right with them rather than focusing on what is wrong. Click HERE to visit Daru's website.

Judith Westerfield is a Marriage, Family Therapist and Certified Clinical Hypnosis & Interactive Guided Imagery(SM) Therapist in private practice since 1986 in Laguna Niguel, California. A Passion of hers is the role creativity plays in healing and wellness.  Click HERE to visit Judith's website.

Daru and Judy will be co-teaching the workshop Mask Magic Experiential at the upcoming Imagery International Conference in Burlingame California Oct 4-6, 2013.


October 2013 Conference Speaker Tallulah Lyons: Weaving Dreams and Imagery

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Tallulah Lyons talks with Lea Bayles, Program Director for Imagery International, about her extensive lifetime exploration with dreams and imagery.

Tallulah describes her process of weaving dreamwork with waking dreams and guided imagery in her work with groups of cancer patients in integrative medical settings. She explains how to compound the impact of the dreams and imagery by integrating modalities such as art, journaling and movement and offers compelling stories showing the healing power group members experience. Tallulah Lyons is the author of two books: Dreams and Guided Imagery: Gifts for Transforming Illness and Crisis  and Dream Prayers: Dreamwork as a Spiritual Path.  She is on the staff of two cancer wellness centers in Atlanta hospitals, and has facilitated groups with cancer patients and offered presentations across the country for fifteen years. She will be a featured presenter at the upcoming Imagery International Conference in Burlingame California Oct 4-6 2013.

To contact Tallulah: Tallulah.lyons@gmail.com  Click HERE to visit her website. Posted July 16, 2013


October 2013 Conference Speaker Carl Hendel, MD: Magic, Mysticism and Imagery

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Carl Hendel, MD, one of the founders of Imagery International and featured presenter at Imagery International's 2013 Conference discusses his personal and professional use of imagery with Lea Bayles, Imagery International Program Director. Dr Hendel explains the difference between fakery and true magic, explores the meaning of soul, transcendence and the supernatural and explains how imagery can allow us to reach non-ordinary states of reality in which healing and transformation can happen. Carl Hendel is a medical doctor who has practiced Integrative Medicine in Santa Rosa, California for over 20 years. A former anesthesiologist, his study of mind-body medicine was initiated through a personal healing path. Carl has studied Chinese Medicine in China, and cultivated skills in manual medicine and behavioral medicine, with interests in hypnosis and interactive imagery and Tai Chi. Contact Dr.Hendel: Carl@doctorcarl.org  Click HERE to visit his website. Posted July 3, 2013


Lisa Firestone: Imagery and the Inner Critic

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Lisa Firestone, PhD is a practicing clinical psychologist in Santa Barbara. She is the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association and Senior Editor at Psych Alive. In this conversation with Juliet Rohde-Brown she talks about the inner critical voice and it's relationship to suicide, violence, child abuse and troubled interpersonal relationships.

She is co-author of the books: Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice, Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships and Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion. Find out more about her upcoming publications and free webinars on her website http://drlisafirestone.com. Also see the website PsychAlive for resources for the general public.  The Glendon Association provides resources for professionals including free and CE webinars.


Cheryl O’Neil, Susan Gold, Gina Vance: Hypnosis and Guided Imagery

Susan Ezra hosts a panel of Imagery International certified hypnotherapists who incorporate imagery in their work. There are surprises as each has something different to their offer.  As is often the case with complementary/alternative practices the theory may be different.  This is a fascinating presentation for anyone who is curious about the similarities and differences between Hypnosis and Guided Imagery.

Cheryl O'Neil, Cht practices in Beverly Hills, California under the business name "Pathfinder". See more about her on her website http://www.cheryloneil.com.

Susan Gold, MA, CH is currently a board member.  Her practice is located in San Mateo, California and you can find her under the business "Susan Gold, Certified Hypnotherapist".  Find out about her on her website http://www.susangold.net.

Gina Vance, CCHT, RBT business name is Mind Body Skills. She practices in Modesto, California.  See more about her on her website, http://ginavance.com.


Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, BCD: Belleruth Naparstek on Military Applications March 2012

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Belleruth Naparstek, the author of Invisible Heroes, discusses with host Susan Ezra why Guided Imagery is the treatment of choice for Post Traumatic Stress, combat stress, military sexual trauma and sleep disturbances among issues veterans have difficulty.

As Prevention Magazine recently noted, she has been quietly creating an underground revolution among mainstream health bureaucracies, by persuading institutions like Aetna U.S. Healthcare, the U.S. Veteran’s Administration, The American Red Cross, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, United Health Care, Oxford Health Plans, GlaxoSmithKline, Ortho Biotech, Roche, Abbott, Amgen, and nearly 2000 hospitals, mental health centers, social service agencies, health spas and recovery centers to distribute her guided imagery recordings, in several instances free of charge to clients. Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery innovator Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular, Time Warner Health Journeys  guided imagery audio series. To find research on Guided Imagery and other topics mentioned visit her website http://www.healthjourneys.com


Jeanne Martin, PhD: Music, Mythology, and Medicine  February 2012

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The focus of Jeanne's work is on the healing experience of music through the harp. She brings her scholarly work in mythology to share how the harp has been considered an angelic instrument through the ages. Music can play a role in enhancing memory, creativity, and self-esteem and is often used for relaxation. Using scales and melodies related to the timeless archetypes, her unique style is fashioned after ancient and Renaissance modes of healing combined with contemporary music.

Dr. Jeanne Martin has her B.A. from Cornell and her M.A/Ph.D. in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a mythologist, harpist, lecturer, and conference speaker on topics in ancient mythology (Greco-Roman, Egyptian and Celtic) and psychological archetypes in music for the well-lived life. She has researched sacred sites in Egypt, Crete, Cyprus, the Yucatan, Athens, Rome, Pompeii, Glastonbury and Stonehenge.

She lives in Santa Barbara, California. Email her at 


Heather LaFace, PhD: Imagery and Evolutionary Complexity January 2012

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In this conversation, Juliet Rohde-Brown discusses Imagery and Evolutionary Complexity from a Jungian perspective with Heather LaFace. LaFace says that imagery production is relational.  She is interested in how images bridge mind and body, inner and outer in adolescents.  She guides an imagery exercise in the later half (please do not listen to this part while driving).

Heather is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed Psychological Assistant working with individuals, couples and adolescents in a Westwood private practice under the supervision of Dr. Elaine Schulman, PhD. Heather also works as a Psychological Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Marshall Levy, PhD and serves as clinical staff in a multidisciplinary team at a long-term inpatient psychiatric hospital where she works with the chronically and severely mentally ill in treating a wide range of psychological issues, including: mood and anxiety disorders, psychoses, alcohol and substance abuse, and dual diagnosis.


Linda Holder, PhD: Owning Your Projections  November 2011

Dr. Linda Holder has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is also an educator and current faculty member at California Lutheran University and Antioch University, Santa Barbara. She is an expert in leading multicultural tolerance retreats and she has won the Women of Vision Award, the Ventura County Teacher of the Year Award and the Golden Wings Award in Ventura County. In both her teaching and therapeutic work, she honors ritual, story, dreams and imagery. She brings insight from her depth psychology orientation regarding the use of imagery to own back projections so that we integrate our shadow sides rather than projecting onto others.


Gerald Epstein, MD:  Imagery and Dreams August 2011

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Popular columnist in Imagery International's journal  ImagiNews Jerry talks with Juliet Rohde-Brown about his work with imagery and dreams.  He says that imagery is the shared social language of the world.  It is the natural and true language of the mind.  He discusses Waking Dream therapy.  He believes that most of our difficulties are rooted in disturbed or disordered relationships of one sort or another. As the mind and body form a unity, the physical illnesses are expressions of these relational difficulties.

His latest publication is an article in the Journal of Imagination, Personality and Cognition; "Effects of Imagery in Heart Rate Coherence and Heart Rate Variability", which shows how imagery creates a stronger heart.

In collaboration with Elizabeth Ann Manhart Barrett, RN; PhD; FAAN they have launched new website introducing Power Imagery.  See more details and a short video here: http://powerimagery.com


Andrew Wagner, MD: Hospice and End of Life Care  June 2011

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Jann Fredrickson Ramus and Dr. Wagner's Hospice discuss his work using Guided Imagery in Hospice and End of Life Care. They discuss sacred space, trusting the process . .

Andrew is a Board Certified Family Physician, and previously worked as a primary care doctor for Kaiser Permanente for almost 15 years.  He had special interests in sports medicine, HIV care, bioethics, and complementary medicine.

In 2000, after attending a series of workshops with Rachel Remen, MD, of the Commonweal Cancer Retreat Program and the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness, he decided to commit himself to a different career path.  He completed the Academy of Guided Imagery training program, and became a certified practitioner.

His focus has been working with people with chronic medical conditions, including chronic pain and life threatening illnesses.  His intention has been to create a collaborative relationship with his clients to help them identify and make decisions that are consistent with their goals and values.  He is now in the midst of expanding into another arena of medical care, palliative medicine and hospice.

Radhule Weininger, MD, PhD: Mindfulness Based Self-Care May 2011

Mindfulness Based Self-Care is an interview of Radhule Weininger, MD and PhD by Juliet Rohde-Brown.  Radhule guides the listener through a 10 minute loving self-care meditation towards the end.  For safety's sake please do not listen to this while driving or operating machinery.

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Radhule Weininger, MD, PhD, who had been trained as a physician in Germany and as a clinical psychologist in California, is currently working in private psychotherapy practice in Santa Barbara. She began her studies of mindfulness meditation during a stay at Black Rock Hermitage in Sri Lanka in 1981. She has continued her studies of Buddhist philosophy and practice since then, and is currently mentored in her teaching by Jack Kornfield, PhD and Alan Wallace, PhD. Radhule teaches mindfulness meditation both as a foundation for spiritual practice and as a tool for healing. She has been exploring how dream-work and mindfulness meditation can work in complementary ways in the therapeutic process, bringing an Eastern and a Western path together.

If you are interested in obtaining a CD recording of Radhule's guidance, you can email her Radhule@cox.net.



Susan Ezra, RN, HNC: Imagery and It's Applications April 2011

Imagery and It’s applications - is an interview with Susan Ezra, RN, HNC by Juliet Rohde-Brown, PhD on Juliet’s radio program Emotional Pathways – webtalkradio.net.

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Ezra talks about her  extensive experience working with Integrative Imagery – a client centered approach to working with symptoms.  She says through this process patients find out what healing resides inside.

Susan is a co-director with Terry Reed, RN, MS, HNC of Beyond Ordinary Nursing. They founded the training program in 1996 with a deep desire to share the gift of imagery with the world.   They also wrote  “Guided Imagery and Beyond: Stories of Healing and Transformation

Mentioned in the discussion are resources offered by Belleruth Naparstek and Glenda Cedarleaf.



Ellen Langer, PhD: Mindfulness from a Western Perspective March 2011

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Susan Ezra, Membership Chair and Dr. Ellen Langer, Harvard psychology professor have a lively discussion about mindfulness and imagery in our work and life. Her work, over four decades, explores a Western perspective of Mindfulness as a way to think and “notice everything as new.” Dr. Langer's latest book is Counter Clockwise; Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility.To find out more about Dr. Langer visit her website here.




Martin Rossman, MD: The Worry Solution January 2011

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Do you worry too much?  Do you have trouble turning your mind off at the end of a stressful day, or can you even worry yourself sick?  Do you sometimes have anxiety or panic attacks, feel like your life is out of control, or stay up at night going over all the things that are creating stress in your life?

In this interview, Juliet Rohde-Brown talks with Dr. Rossman about the science  that indicates anyone can transform “bad worry” into positive focus and turn “good worry” into life-changing action.  The Worry Solution will teach you how to get back in control of your runaway imagination, your mind, and your life.

For more information see our blog on The Worry Solution



Juliet Rohde-Brown, PhD: Imagery and Forgiveness November 2010

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Imagery International’s next president – will talk about Imagining Forgiveness using her integrative model for wellness.

Juliet writes:

I feel quite passionate about our ability to use our imaginations to create a more positive and loving future. When we use the term “imagery,” it does not simply refer to the visual field, but to all of our senses. Dr. Jeanne Achterberg, a leader in imagery exploration and application, refers to imagery as “the thought process that invokes and uses the senses: vision, audition, smell, taste, the senses of movement, position and touch. It is the communication between perception, emotion, and bodily change.”

She has a new book out Imagine Forgiveness: A Guide for a Joyful Future. She has also produced three CDs Feel Welcome Now, Feel Forgiveness Now, and Chakra Mountain. Feel Forgiveness Now won 2nd place in the 2009 Just Plain Folks Awards. To find out more about her visit her website.

Miriam Franco, PsyDThe Value of Relaxation & Guided Imagery to Improve Quality of Life with Multiple Sclerosis September 2010

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Miriam discusses the circumstances where Guided Imagery is effective for patients with Multiple

Sclerosis, how to introduce them to Guided Imagery and recites some segments of her script.  She is a psychotherapist in private practice and a Professor of Sociology. She is certified in Integrative Guided Imagery by Beyond Ordinary Nursing Organization, in The Prepare for Surgery Program by Peggy Huddleston, MA, and is a professional member of Imagery International. She is also a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist. The recorded products mentioned in her talk can be found on her website.


Leslie Davenport, MFTFlying Solo, January 2010

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While we recognize the many benefits of experiencing imagery with an imagery practitioner, not everyone lives in an area where trained guides are easily accessible.  Some people are restricted due to financial issues, and others who could benefit may be home bound. Most people compromise by using a scripted imagery CD, which eliminates the personally unique guidance that arises from within with an interactive style of imagery. This talk will present a successfully tested format that people can use on their own to access their personal healing imagery.  It is also useful for clients who want to keep their imagery fresh and evolving between their appointments with a trained practitioner. This format can also be adapted to doing imagery work with a group.

For more information go to her website http://www.lesliedavenport.com.


Gerald Epstein, MD:  How to Read Mental Images: Learning the Hieroglyphic Language of the Mind for Clinical Use

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Hieroglyphs – the pictorial language of the ancient Egyptian Pharaonic tradition is the only language ever to unite art and the spiritual dimension. In an analogous fashion, mental imagery is a hieroglyphic language where a pictorial representation intersects and combines with a divine language. The image is the true and natural language of the mind. These representations are called symbols, reflecting our everyday visible measurable reality and our invisible subjective qualitative consciousness – itself the repository of all the knowledge of ourselves. This language, like any other, is to be read as it is a book of life revealing ourselves to ourselves. In this talk I will discuss how to apply this method to both reading and fashioning imagery in your clinical practice.

For more information about his work go to: http://www.drjerryepstein.org

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